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red root

Recognized by showy round puffy clusters of white flowers. Pointy oval leaves make tea used as substitute for imported tea with no caffeine, as well as for stomach, lung, blood cleaner, laxative. Root is astringent, expectorant, used for asthma, bronchitis, coughs, spleen, dysentery, hemorrhoids. Strong astringent (stops bleeding) bark tea used externally for venereal sores. Nitrogen fixer. Flowers rich in saponins to make lathering shampoo and soap (won’t remove oils though). Wet flowers can be simply rubbed on body.
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At this location, New Jersey tea shrubs were small (< 1m height) and did not accrete greater concentrations of soil amino sugar N than adjacent soils not influenced by N-fixing plants (Table 2).
Thus, similarly to New Jersey tea growing on a coarse sand at Illinois Beach State Park, dry soil conditions might have limited photosynthesis and consequent N fixation and deposition in soil.
There were not any increases in soil amino sugar N at any location associated with New Jersey tea plants.

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